Rigaku Analytical Devices has launched the KT-500 handheld laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) analyser. The Rigaku KT-500 features a carbon-capable, miniaturised, high-resolution echelle spectrometer, known as HiRES Technology. It provides identification of elements that were difficult to see with previous generation handheld LIBS analysers, such as carbon. This capability gives the user the ability to analyse ferrous and non-ferrous alloys on one device. The KT-500 also provides the user with better analysis of low alloy steels, stainless steels, nickel and cobalt alloys, and now carbon steels. Additionally, its carbon analysis, along with low detection limits for other key elements, makes it suitable for determining carbon equivalence as well as solving many of the key applications required in petrochemical facilities including sulfidation, corrosion and residual elements.
Designed specifically for use in industrial applications, the KT-500 has a lightweight aluminium housing, IP54 rating for protection, hot swappable batteries, multiple access user interface, facilitating single-handed operation, includes (flip-up touchscreen, oversized keypad, side quick keys) and integrated micro-camera, WiFi, the ability to access and download data without using third party software, and optional front plate for analysis of welds and a docking/charging station.
The Rigaku KT-500 will initially be available in North America, with global distribution later in 2021.